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Finding frames to suit your face

These days, glasses have become a cool fashion accessory – and there are lots of different styles. But have you ever wondered why a pair that look great on the shelf just don't work when you try them on? It’s usually due to your face shape! But getting a great look is easy if you follow these simple tips.

1. Find your face shape?

First up, pull your hair away from your face and tie it back. Then stand in front of a mirror, relax your face, and draw an outline of your face using a lipstick, or a whiteboard marker (or anything that you can wipe off afterwards). This will tell you what shape your face is – oval, round, heart or square shaped.

2. Know your style

Oval 

Usually, oval faces are longer and your width is proportionally narrow to the length. The area from forehead to your jaw is fairly evenly proportioned.

Best styles: Lucky you! You can choose just about any style, however if you’re concerned with balancing a longer face – go for a wide pair of patterned frames.

Maybe avoid: There’s not too much that you can’t pull off, but some oversized frames may be overpowering for narrow faces.

Round 

The middle of your face is the widest point. The width and length of your face are similar. Your face is closer to a shape of a circle.

Best styles: Angular and geometric frames are striking against the natural curve of your face. Many square or rectangle shapes will suit you, including rimless lens styles. Oversized frames can also help to create the illusion of a smaller face.

Maybe avoid: Circular shaped lenses may not be the best choice as they can exaggerate the roundness in your face.

Face shapes; heart, square, oval, round

Heart 

Your forehead is broader than your chin, which is narrow in comparison.

Best styles: You’d look best in rounded frames. Think butterfly or cats eye shapes to elongate your face shape.

Maybe avoid: Any styles that run straight across the top. A strong horizontal line can broaden your forehead disproportionately.

Square

Your jaw width is similar to the width of your forehead, and your jaw is strong and square.

Best styles: Rounder and softer frames like aviators, small retro round or large round shape or a rounded base cat’s eye style.

Maybe avoid: Strong geometric frames can make your face look more angular.

Just remember that these are only guidelines! If you’re confident and love your look – go for it!